Crystal structure analysis of Co-based layered cuprates CoSr2(Y1-xCax)Cu2O7+δ by transmission electron microscopy techniques

T. Nagai*, Y. Baba, M. Karppinen, T. Asaka, S. Alam, H. Yamauchi, A. Yamazaki, K. Kimoto, Y. Matsui

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Crystal structures of Co-based 1212-type layered cuprates, CoSr2(Y1-xCax)Cu2O7+δ (x = 0, 0.4; δ = 0, 0.3) have been investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). For the non-superconductive CoSr2YCu2O7.0 parent phase (x = 0, δ = 0), electron diffraction (ED) patterns revealed superlattice reflections due to an ordered arrangement of two kinds of chain of CoO4 tetrahedra that are mirror images of each other, along the b direction. In the non-superconductive CoSr2(Y0.6Ca0.4)Cu2O7.0 phase (x = 0.4, δ = 0), the superlattice reflections were found to be streaked along the b* direction, indicating that the partially disordered arrangement is induced by aliovalent CaII-for-YIII substitution. In the superconductive CoSr2(Y0.6Ca0.4)Cu2O7.3 phase (x = 0.4, δ = 0.3), the superlattice reflections are not seen anymore, suggesting that the distinction of the two CoO4 chains has disappeared. Furthermore, high-resolution TEM observation revealed that the introduced excess oxygen atoms interrupt the regular shift of the chain position along the c direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-197
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1


  • Co-based cuprates
  • Crystal structure
  • Superconductor
  • Transmission electron microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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